March 10, 2005

JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER IMMIGRANT GROUP:

Arabs a portrait of success in America, U.S. Census says (WAYNE PARRY, March 9, 2005, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Yosry Bekhiet is living his own American dream.

He makes a good salary as an engineer with the state Department of Transportation, enough to pay for tennis lessons for his three sons and enough to keep his wife from having to work. He just bought a spacious town house in the Robbinsville section of Mercer County's Washington Township, and his English is better than that of many of his American-born neighbors.

The Egyptian immigrant is typical of many Arab-Americans, according to a report released Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows Americans of Arab ancestry doing very well in this country in terms of employment, income, homeownership, education and language skills.

"America has been a dream for every Arab in the Middle East, believe me," said Bekhiet, who came to the U.S. in 1987. "America is the No. 1 country in the world for us. You don't want to go to Europe; you want to be here."

The report found that nearly 1.2 million people reported having at least one parent of Arab ancestry. Among its key findings:

# Arab-American men and women earn more than their counterparts in the general population. The median salary for men in 1999, the most recent statistics available, was $41,700, compared with $37,100 for American men as a whole. For women, the average salary was $31,800, compared with $27,200 for all American women.

# More than half of all Arab-Americans own their own homes, and more than half are married.

# About three out of every four Arab-Americans speaks English at home, or speaks English "very well."

# About 42 percent of Arab-Americans worked in management or professional occupations, compared with 34 percent of all Americans. Among Egyptians, such as Bekhiet, the figure was even higher: 51 percent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Most of the Arab Amercians in this survey are Christians who were terrorized out of the Middle East by the Muslims.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 10, 2005 3:51 AM

# Arab-American men and women earn more than their counterparts in the general population. The median salary for men in 1999, the most recent statistics available, was $41,700, compared with $37,100 for American men as a whole. For women, the average salary was $31,800, compared with $27,200 for all American women.

Why are they comparing the median for men and the average for women?

Posted by: David Reeves at March 10, 2005 2:29 PM

Because they failed 6th grade arithmetic?

Posted by: Bart at March 11, 2005 9:53 AM
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